Star Wars: Did Darth Plagueis Create Anakin?


One of the things that we always knew about Anakin in Star Wars was that he was born to be the Chosen One and was supposed to bring balance back to the Force by destroying the Sith. Of course, we also know that he eventually fell to the dark side and became the apprentice of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, who may have hinted that he and his former master, Darth Plagueis, discovered the secrets to creating life. As such, some fans believed that Plagueis was responsible for creating the Chosen One. So, did Darth Plagueis really create Anakin?

Darth Plagueis was neither responsible for creating Anakin Skywalker nor in the Legends storyline nor the current canon. In the Legends, Anakin was created by the Force as a countermeasure to Plagueis and Sidious meddling with midi-chlorians. In canon, Anakin was created by the Living Force.

Even though Palpatine seemed to have suggested that his master was powerful enough to create life, the truth is that Plagueis was never the one that created Anakin. As far as the canon is concerned, Plagueis had nothing to do with Anakin’s creation. So, with that said, let’s get to the bottom of this discussion to understand the misconception regarding Anakin’s creation.

Neither Plagueis Nor Sidious Created Anakin

Throughout the entire storyline of Star Wars, there is no denying that there were parallels between the biblical story of Jesus Christ and the creation of Anakin Skywalker. That’s because we know that the Virgin Mary supposedly carried Christ without an actual father. Meanwhile, Anakin never had a father as well because Shmi Skywalker said to herself that there was no father and that she simply got pregnant with Anakin.

In that regard, Qui-Gon Jinn quickly concluded that Anakin was the prophesized Chosen One that was supposed to bring balance to the Force. As such, he was taken to the Jedi Temple to be trained as a Jedi. And we all know that Obi-Wan Kenobi was responsible for training Anakin because that was his master’s dying wish.

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While Anakin did become incredibly powerful in the Force in a short time, he was far from bringing balance to the Force during his younger years. That’s because Chancellor Palpatine, who was secretly Darth Sidious the entire time, plotted to turn Anakin over to the dark side because he sensed his immense potential in the Force. Palpatine, in his quest to tempt Anakin to fall to the dark side, told him of the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise, who happened to be his former master. The Sith Lord told Anakin that Plagueis was so strong in the Force that he could influence the midi-chlorians to create life.

As such, fans started to believe that Plagueis was the one that created Anakin by influencing the Force to create a powerful entity that was meant to be the strongest of the Sith. And some fans even thought that Anakin was always supposed to be a Sith Lord due to his downfall and eventual transformation into Darth Vader.


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In a way, that may be true. That’s because the Legends storyline of Star Wars suggests that Plagueis and Sidious did indeed try to create life using the Force. However, the Force realized that they were trying to corrupt it, and that was when there was a rebound effect that allowed the Force to create Anakin as a countermeasure for what the Sith Lords tried to do. As such, the Force created Anakin to retaliate against Plagueis and Sidious for attempting to play the role of gods when they tried to create life.

However, this was never carried over to the canon storyline. In the current Star Wars canon, Plagueis had nothing to do with Anakin’s creation at all. But there was a comic book that made fans believe that it was Palpatine that created Anakin. There was a scene in Vader’s mind wherein he saw Palpatine as his “father” and as an overarching presence that was basically god because he could manipulate everything around him.

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But the author of this comic book never meant for readers to believe that Darth Sidious was responsible for creating Anakin. Instead, this comic book strip was meant to show us how Darth Vader saw Palpatine as the father he never had and as a powerful being that could cast his influence and shadow over the entire galaxy.

As such, neither Plagueis nor Palpatine was responsible for Anakin’s creation. They had nothing to do with the fact that the Force created Anakin and that he was born to be the Chosen One. And that means that an entirely different entity created Anakin.

How Was Anakin Created?

A long time ago, the Prophecy of the Chosen One was created by one of the mystics of the Jedi when they foresaw the coming of a being so powerful in the Force that this being had the power to bring balance back to the Force. Of course, the prophecy itself was vague, but Qui-Gon Jinn understood it the most.


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Qui-Gon Jinn was the only known believer in the Living Force, the energy of all life. By springing from and feeding into the Cosmic Force, the Living Force created and grew the Force. As such, the Living Force was meant to be the supreme being of the entire Star Wars universe. But only Qui-Gon truly believed in it, as most of the other users of the Force only trusted the Force.

According to Qui-Gon, Anakin was the creation of the Living Force. As such, the current canon belief is that the Living Force was responsible for creating Anakin inside of Shmi Skywalker’s womb so that he could fulfill an ancient prophecy regarding the Chosen One bringing balance to the Force. 

In that regard, we can say that the darkness of the Sith was partly responsible for creating Anakin. That’s because the Living Force would not have created Anakin if the Sith didn’t exist to throw the Force off-balanced. As such, while neither Plagueis nor Sidious was responsible for Anakin’s creation, the fact that they existed necessitated Anakin’s creation so that he could destroy the Sith and fulfill the ancient Jedi prophecy.

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